Synopses & Reviews
The sweet and classic fresh taste of crab cakes may be Marylands signature flavor, but its only a part of what the Old Line State has to offer. More than 28 million people visit Maryland every year, spending billions of dollars, much of it on food. Those who live in Maryland year-round care deeply about the quality of their food and its origins; they support local farms and take pleasure in creating recipes built around farm-fresh products.
Dishing Up® Maryland focuses on the rich diversity of Marylands native foods and food producers and includes 150 recipes, as well as food lore; advice on where to visit; and profiles of local food producers, chefs and restaurants, and fishermen and crabbers.
Southern Fried Chicken, Roasted Turnips and Rutabagas, Corn and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Mint Dressing, and the beloved Smith Island Cake celebrate strong traditions and the best tastes of fall, winter, and spring. Summer, everyones favorite season for celebrating local freshness, is spent grilling in suburban backyards and enjoying the shore; dishes like Strawberry Shortcake with Biscuits, Corn Fritters with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce, and Rockfish Kabobs in Greek Marinade define the lazy days of the season.
And then there are the crabs. What would a Maryland cookbook be without a mouth-watering collection of crab recipes? Hot and Spicy Crab Dip, Kathleens Crab Salad, Fried Crab Cakes with Dijon Mustard, Pan-Fried Soft-shell Crabs, Crab Bisque, and many more fresh takes on Marylands best-loved food will delight natives and visitors alike.
"Though best known for the crab, this regional collection from farmer Snodgrass proves that Maryland has a wide variety to offer diners. Profiles of farmers, vendors and producers, many of whom offer their personal recipes, are interspersed among 150 recipes for mains, soups, salads, and desserts that showcase seasonal ingredients and Maryland favorites. As expected, there is plenty of seafood, including elegant Clams Mornay in Puff Pastry as well as roll-up-your-sleeves steamed crabs and the state's signature crab cakes (both baked and fried). There are surprises as well, however, among them a sweet-and-savory Maple-Bison Meat Loaf from Savage River Lodge and a plum tart with baked custard and hazelnuts. Though dominated by simple, flavor-packed dishes like Spring Greens Nests with Fontina Cheese, cooks in search of a challenge will find it in Café des Artistes' Crab Imperial (a baked dish of fresh oysters topped with a rich cheese and crab mixture) and the daunting Iberico-Red Wattle Pork with Mixed Bean Ragout (a 40-ingredient, multi-step masterpiece from Frederick, Maryland's Volt restaurant). Though few readers will be able to share in the New England bounty of fresh spring rockfish (aka striped bass), seafood fans and Yankees-at-heart should appreciate this fresh, seasonal collection." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Crab cakes may be Maryland's signature flavor, but it's only a part of what the state's culinary menu has to offer. "Dishing Up Maryland" focuses on the rich diversity of Maryland's native foods and includes 150 recipes.
About the Author
Lucie Snodgrass is an award-winning author whose food writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and Vegetarian Times. She is the co-author of Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Plant Guide, published by Timber Press. She lives, writes, and cooks on her farm in northeastern Maryland.